There are a few hotels in Washington, DC that you could accurately call my go-to’s without revealing any sort of bias. The Liaison is one of them. I’ve booked the Hotel Palomar 58 times, the Madison Hotel 21 times, and the Liaison Capitol Hill 27 times. These are easily my “big-three” in Washington, DC and in truth, they’re all for just about the same reasons, just simply covering three different neighborhoods. I book these hotels because they offer my groups tremendous value. They play in the luxury segment by competing with some of the luxury brands, but they are affordable, reliable, and in many times government friendly when their competitors aren’t.
The Liaison Capitol Hill sits just blocks from the Capitol Building, formerly with views of it, right on New Jersey Avenue NW. Less than a decade ago this was the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill but Affinia came in and rebranded, refurbished and renovated the hotel from top to bottom. It’s every bit the boutique luxury hotel now and has a wonderfully loyal following despite not being affiliated with a major national brand. Affinia does have specialty hotels dotted around the nation.
The lobby is intimate and warm and at night comes to life with votive candles and soothing music and beverages. They are extremely well known for their onsite restaurant, Art & Soul, cheffed by Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey’s chef. I had the pleasure of meeting a client here for a beverage one evening and for a memorable breakfast one morning. Absolutely delicious.
Guest rooms are nicely appointed although not terribly large. That said, we were fortunate enough to have adjoining rooms allowing our son room to roam. Service was friendly and prompt and it was obvious why I selected the hotel so many times for my own clients.
Proximity to Union Station is a huge asset for the Liaison, particularly for guests using Amtrak to get to the city. Even if they aren’t, the metro is there, not to mention a very fine selection of shops and dining cjoices. The Capitol Hill neighborhood continues to struggle a bit with a lack of evening liveliness. But Gallery Place is a short jaunt down E Street from the hotel and gives guests access to dozens more restaurants if Union Station’s selection isn’t enough.